Office of International Student Services

Conversation Partners


conversation partners

Conversation Partners Introduction Videos

You are invited to take part in an exciting opportunity to make a student friend from another country as you help that student practice English.

Conversation Partners serves the American Language Institute at the University of Toledo. It is designed to link American English speakers with ALI students to help these international students improve their English conversation skills.  It also helps to develop cross-cultural understanding and friendship.

The partnership commitment is for one semester, although it can continue longer. The American and the international student agree to meet each week for an hour.

Upon receipt of your application you will be asked to attend a one-hour orientation for all American applicants.  The orientation meetings are usually held during mid-September for the fall semester and during the second half of January for the spring semester.  We will contact you with the details and directions, or you can click on the "Schedule of Events" link below. 

You will then be matched and introduced to your ALI student at an on-campus evening event (“The Gathering”), which includes fun and friendship.  The Gathering usually takes place at the end of September in the fall and at the beginning of February for the spring semester.  At The Gathering you will have the opportunity to establish a regular meeting time that will work with both your schedules.

Download a Conversation Partners promotional flyer

For more information, or to become involved, select one of these links:

1. Online Application (for Americans only)

2. Download paper application (for Americans only): Application (paper format)   Application deadline is early to mid September for the fall semester and mid January for the spring semester.

3. ALI international students: Intermediate and advanced students will be offered an opportunity to sign up in August and January, in your ALI classes.  Please contact Vicki Murdock (see number below) if you have any questions.

5. All other international students, we will supply Conversation Partners based on the availability of American volunteers. To sign up, please email Vicki Murdock (, and let her know you are interested.  She will send you the link to sign up.

6. Schedule of Events  Please check here to find the details on orientation meetings and events.  Mark your calendar today!

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Contact Information:
Vicki Murdock  567-686-3003
Wes Blood  419-478-8325

Last Updated: 6/21/22